I don’t consider myself to be overly sentimental, but sentimentality is the only way I can explain how I managed to keep a bottle of Pugliese Vineyards’ 2001 Riesling. It was the last bottle of a case that my father, who passed away several years ago, and I brought back from a quick trip to Long Island’s North Fork in 2003. Pugliese was the last stop on our trip and a highlight for my father. Their Riesling reminded him of the German Rieslings he had loved so much while living in Europe and he proceeded to purchase a case. One bottle remained at the time of his passing, and I just had not been able to enjoy it. But alas, after so many years, it was finally time to open this twelve year old wine.
Though we had greatly enjoyed this vintage of the Riesling nine or ten years ago, I had some doubts about whether it had aged well. Deep golden colored and with a slightly oxidized aroma, the wine did show signs of a long bottle aging, but I really need not have worried. The aromas were still lush and inviting, but had become very concentrated. Lots of peach, lime, diesel, and honey. The palate was a bit off-dry, which allowed the flavors to coat the mouth and gave a long finish. The concentration created raisiny notes. Moderate acidity. Delightful and intriguing on its own, it was a delicious partner for a favorite family dish, Sauerbraten.
Purchased at Pugliese Vineyards.